The Dade County Board of Education affirmed the hiring of Katie Burrows and Jonah Browder at their monthly meeting Monday night, April 24th. Mrs. Burrows will be leading the Lady Wolverines Basketball team and Mr. Browder will be taking the reigns of the Dade County Band program. Dade County Schools shared the following announcement about Mrs. Burrows and Mr. Browder:
“Katie Burrows, her husband Nick, and their two daughters reside in Tiftonia, Tennessee. Katie is a product of Lookout Valley High School where she began her playing career. She received many accolades during her high school career. She was awarded Best of Preps Female Athlete of the Year by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She was a 4-time first-team selection by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and a 3-time Regional Player of the Year. She was also elected to the All-State Team.
After graduating from UTC, Burrows became an assistant girls’ basketball coach at GPS under former UTC player Susan Crownover. In 2005, she took the position of head coach in Tullahoma, Tennessee for the girls’ basketball team. Katie and her husband moved back to the Chattanooga area in 2007 where she began a three-year stint as head coach of the Ringgold girls’ basketball team before becoming an assistant coach at UTC in 2010. She spent three seasons as an assistant under head coach Wes Moore and then five seasons with Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Jim Foster. UTC went 255-95 during those eight seasons and earned five NCAA tournament berths.
In 2018, Katie Burrows became the 6th head coach in the history of Mocs Women’s Basketball. In the four seasons Katie spent as head coach, the Lady Mocs posted a 32-24 Southern Conference record. Their best year was the 2019-20 season where they posted a 10-4 conference record, good enough for a tie for first place. Katie stepped down after her twelfth season with the Lady Mocs program, four as a head coach. We are excited to welcome Ms. Katie Burrows to our Dade County family.
Dade County Schools is also pleased to welcome home one of its own, Mr. Jonah Browder. The Dade County Board of Education approved Superintendent Ingle’s recommendation for Jonah to lead the DCHS Marching Wolverines at this evening’s regularly scheduled board meeting.
Mr. Browder is from Trenton, GA, where he attended Dade County High School and graduated in 2017. Upon graduation, he attended Jacksonville State University where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. During his time at JSU, he was a member of the Marching Southerners where he served as a trumpet section leader, he performed with the JSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
Mr. Browder worked with the Fort Payne Middle and High School students with marching band and concert bands before graduating in December of 2022. In January of 2023, Jonah moved back to Trenton and began substitute teaching at Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School and taught band on occasion.
Jonah and his fiancé, Makayla, will be married in December of 2023 and are so excited to both be in an area where they both grew up. Jonah is so blessed for this opportunity to take over such a great legacy left by Mr. and Mrs. Chance and will continue to grow the Dade County band programs for years to come.
We are excited to welcome Mr. Jonah Browder to our Dade County family. Welcome Home!!”